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Crisis in Levittown


Published 1957


The Black upper middle-class Myers family moves into all-white Levittown, PA in August, 1957, and are snubbed and mistreated, in this powerful landmark documentary showcasing racism in the United States.


Run time 32 min.
Producer Lee Bobker/Lester Becker
Production Company Dynamic Films
Sponsor Katy Brocksmith
Audio/Visual sound, b&w

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Reviewer: kerriganm - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 15, 2017
Subject: Good pro-integration film. But cringe-y.
Mostly neutral presentation, with interviews of people with differing points of view. A bit depressing- how hard must it have been for the African American family, although we never get a description of the violence and harassment that they were subjected to, only hints. Crazyhead paranoia fiends aren't a new invention. An African-American family moves into an all-white town, and rumors fly that "the Reds" or "the Jews" or the evil "NAACP" are behind it. At the end, the narrator assures us that integration will not make the town erupt into hellfire.

"I'm not racist, I just don't want colored people as my neighbors." Ew.
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